Shakespeare’s Presentation of Relationships in A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Shakespeare’s Presentation of Relationships in A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Shakespeare’s `A Midsummer Night’s Dream,’ is a comedy which shares

many similarities to another famous Shakespeare play, `Romeo and

Juliet.’ They both begin the same with serious lovers who were fated

in the stars to be together and whose parents disapproved of them

being together. In `A Midsummer Night’s Dream,’ the moon is frequently

mentioned by the characters, `Methinks how slow this old moon wanes;

she lingers my desires,’ the moon being associated with madness

throughout the play. In `Romeo and Juliet,’ the stars are regularly

referred to in a similar manner.

Theseus, Duke of Athens, is about to marry Hippolyta, a lady warrior

who he conquered. Egeus brings his daughter Hermia to court. She and

Lysander want to get married, but Egeus wants her to marry Demetrius,

who also wants her. Under Athenian law, Hermia must marry the man of

her father’s choice or she will be executed.

This is just part of the complicated love triangle that the reader

faces when reading A Midsummer Night’s Dream written by William


The actual tale of the story is simplicity itself but it’s the ideas

and emotions that Shakespeare uses to capture the reader’s imagination

and draw them into deep depths of the story. A Midsummer Night’s Dream

is all about twists and turning imagination and things that seem

impossible into reality, for example:

· Theseus woos Hippoyta “with his sword”. On opposite sides in battle,

they fall in love.

· Helena’s affection for Demetrius seems to make him hate her.

Hermia’s hatred seems to make him love her.

As you can see from the rough outline and examples above the story is

very much engaging the reader, taking them into an epic journey into

the lives of some love sick humans.

It’s important to remember that this is not just a written story, it’s

also a scripted play but how might this epic play be staged to a

modern day audience. People could get away with things on stage that

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